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CTV Acquires New VERONICA MARS Digital Spinoff Series Exclusively for CTV EXTEND

June 9, 2014

- Digital hub adds the highly-anticipated VERONICA MARS spinoff for
Fall, 2014 -

- Digital Companion Series THE LISTENER: THE TOBY LOGAN FILES available
starting today -

- Canadian commissions GUIDESTONES: SUNFLOWER NOIR and JOKE OR CHOKE
from Executive Producer Howie Mandel and Insight Productions set to
premiere July 15 -

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BANFF, AB, June 9, 2014 /CNW/ – CTV today announced the second wave of
exclusive content launching on CTV EXTEND led by the highly anticipated Veronica Mars Digital Spinoff Series, coming Fall 2014. From acclaimed series creator Rob Thomas, the
spinoff series is just one of several new commissions and acquisitions
being programmed as part of the free-to-consumer digital hub’s ever
expanding program lineup. In all, four new series are slated to join
the lineup beginning as soon as today, in addition to the 11 digital
series already available.

CTV’s original network drama THE LISTENER has spun off a third companion
series, THE TOBY LOGAN FILES, available starting today on CTV EXTEND. The sequel to the EMMY(®) Award-winning Canadian series GUIDESTONES, called GUIDESTONES: SUNFLOWER NOIR and comedy JOKE OR CHOKE will launch July 15. See all series descriptions and premiere information below.

CTV EXTEND is an ad-supported online hub, attached to CTV.ca and available on the CTV GO app with exclusive, stand-alone original
content, acquisitions, specially commissioned digital programs, online
extensions of popular CTV shows, and more. Launched on April 29, 2014
with 11 digital series, this ambitious initiative, a first for a
private Canadian broadcaster, is completely free to viewers. The new
slate of programming joins current CTV EXTEND series including BACKPACKERS from Smokebomb Entertainment, and SPACE
RIDERS: DIVISION EARTH from iThentic, both commissioned exclusively for
the digital hub; WOLFPACK OF RESEDA from Fox Digital Studios; as well
as CTV spin-offs ARROW: BLOOD RUSH, SAVING HOPE: LAST CALL, MOTIVE:
DARK CORNER, and THE LISTENER: DOUBLE DATE WITH DEATH.

**Media Note** Photography for CTV EXTEND series are available online at
BellMediaPR.ca

“After the successful launch of CTV EXTEND, we are committed to building our momentum by aggressively acquiring,
commissioning and producing the most engaging and compelling content
for our viewers and our advertising partners,” said Mike Cosentino,
Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks.

“We are confident that the value of these titles and this second wave of
programming will fuel viewer engagement with the CTV EXTEND brand,” said Chris Skinner, Executive Producer, CTV.ca. “This new
content is guaranteed to resonate with viewers and keep them coming
back for more.”

New CTV EXTEND Programming:

PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK (VERONICA MARS spinoff)

Premieres Fall, 2014

PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK stars Ryan Hansen (VERONICA MARS, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as himself, as he begs, cajoles, and pleads with his former VERONICA
MARS castmates and friends to help him get his character, Dick
Casablancas, his own spin-off show. Produced by Warner Bros.

THE LISTENER: THE TOBY LOGAN FILES (6 x 4 min.)

Available starting today – First five episodes available

June 16 – Final episode available

This Season 5 digital extension of CTV hit original series THE LISTENER
follows newly-installed Supervising Inspector Brian Becker (Anthony
Lemke, LOST GIRL) of the Integrated Investigative Bureau (IIB) as he
interrogates key characters from special consultant Toby Logan’s (Craig
Olejnik) past, in an effort to dig deeper into Toby’s suspicious
crime-solving “face-reading abilities.” Produced by Smokebomb
Entertainment.

GUIDESTONES: SUNFLOWER NOIR (18 episodes)

Premieres July 15 – All episodes available

GUIDESTONES: SUNFLOWER NOIR picks up where the Emmy-winning GUIDESTONES left off. Sandy Rai is on
the run, from her past and from a global organization intent on culling
the human population by whatever means necessary. So begins a journey
that takes her through London, Wales, France, New York, Toronto,
Greece, Ukraine, and into a conspiracy involving priceless art
forgeries, clandestine CIA experiments, and a secret so devastating it
will change the course of humanity. Starring Sandy Rai (Supinder
Wraich, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) and Trevor Shale (Dan Fox,
DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION). Produced by iThentic/3′oclock.tv in
association with Bell Media, the Independent Production Fund (IPF), the
Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), and the Canada Media Fund
(CMF).

JOKE OR CHOKE (1 x 30 min.)

Premieres July 15

From Executive Producers Howie Mandel, John Brunton, and Barbara Bowlby,
and commissioned exclusively for CTV EXTEND, this series sees four of Canada’s funniest comedians go head-to-head
in stand-up elimination while writing and performing brand new material
based on topics chosen for them. To win, contestants must impress judge
Mark Forward (MR. D). Produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. and
HDI Productions Inc. in association with Bell Media.

About CTV

CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of
quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV
has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 13 years
in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia
company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and
Out-of-Home. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s
largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found
on the network’s website at ctv.ca.

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